Hamish Mackintosh wins Scottish forestry prize

Cyril Hart prize goes to Edinburgh University postgraduate student, as Scottish Forestry Trust chairman retires

The Scottish Forestry Trust has announced the winner of The Dr. Cyril Hart Memorial Award for 2012 as Hamish Mackintosh.

He is a postgraduate student previously based at the School of GeoSciences (IERM), Edinburgh University.

His paper, "Long- Term Survival of Saplings during the Transformation to Continuous Cover" was published in Forests 2012, 3. The paper was co-authored by Gary Kerr of Forest Research and is the first paper produced from Hamish’s PhD project on Developing the Silviculture of Continuous Cover Forestry: using the experience and data collected from the Glentress Trial Area.

Meanwhile, Robert Scott OBE, the chairman of The Scottish Forestry Trust for the last three years, is retiring after 10 years of service to the Trust.

He said "The Scottish Forestry Trust provides a really valuable interface between theory and practice, with its trustees drawn from a wide range of experience backgrounds, including universities and research organizations to sawmillers, forest managers and nurserymen.

It has been fascinating to have been involved with the Trust for the last ten years, and I would like to thank our Director, Bob Stubbs, and all trustees, past and present, for their support and guidance, most especially during the three years of my chairmanship.

Incoming chairman Guy Watt said: "We will miss Robert’s enthusiasm and deep knowledge of forestry brought about through over three decades of practical experience at Abercorn Estates and I would like to wish him well for the future.

"Forestry faces many challenges, not least from the recent raft of tree diseases that are
sadly affecting many of our iconic tree species across the UK. We anticipate that the
demand for our support will continue to grow in the coming years as new research helps
to identify new ways of tackling these problems.

"We urgently need to raise further funding in order to support some of these worthy projects and I am pleased to say that the Trust will be starting a targeted fund raising effort in the coming months".

The Trust also appointed two new trustees. They are Prof John Grace, an Emeritus Professor
at the School of GeoSciences in the University of Edinburgh and Dr. Keith Kirby, a
woodland ecologist and visiting researcher at the Oxford Plant Sciences Department.

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